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Natural Yardcare
Natural Lawn Care
Cory Roche
Community Volunteer Coordinator

Phone: 206-957-2814

Monday - Friday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Garden Fertilizer
Improper lawn/plant fertilization application can hurt streams, lakes, and wetlands in Lake Forest Park. Please use the following protocol to help you fertilize your gardens & lawns properly:
  • Apply fertilizer in small applications no more than three to four times per year (April 15, June 15, September 1 and once during the winter months) for a vigorous lawn.
  • To reduce the need for fertilizers:
    • Leave lawn clippings on the lawn after mowing (mulch mowing)
    • Use organic fertilizers because they have a slower release and are a more natural form
    • Lightly water within 24 hours after applying fertilizer to ensure absorption and avoid lawn burning
    • Use phosphorus free fertilizer
  • Never fertilize when a heavy or moderate rain is expected because much of the fertilizer will wash away, into our lakes and streams.
  • Never apply a fertilizer / herbicide (weed killer) combination because it puts herbicides where they are not needed; spot treatment of particular weeds with a treatment specific to that weed is recommended. Visit Gardening in Western Washington for additional information.

Native Planting & Composting
Did you know that when you plant species native to the Northwest you are supporting your local ecosystem? An ecosystem is comprised of all facets of life that work together to sustain life in a region. By keeping the natural environment in mind when landscaping, you are helping wildlife, plants, trees, water bodies and insects living in Lake Forest Park sustain life and thrive.

In addition to native planting, using compost is another way to support your local ecosystem. For more information about composting and soils, visit Compost & Healthy Soils.

Apple Maggot Control in Backyards
Since first detected in 1979 in Portland, Oregon, the apple maggot has spread and infested apples in many parts of the Pacific Northwest. Homeowners may want to rethink growing apples and other fruit trees. Many spray products labeled for homeowner use on fruit trees have been canceled. While apple maggot can render the fruit on your apple tree inedible, pockets of unsprayed “backyard” trees pose a serious threat to the commercial apple industry in the Northwest.

If you have apple trees or are interested in growing apple trees be sure to review the resources that are available. 

Gardening in Western Washington - Apple Maggots in Backyard Orchards (Washington State University)